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February 2015
Dolly Spartans
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I think we can all agree about the fact that age is very important in rock'n'roll; we might not like that (we don't) but we can agree about it, right? Therefore, a good rock song is bound to get some added value when it's written and performed by four musicians in their (not so late) teens. And then, if you also realize that the band has a solid six track debut EP with no fillers under their belt, things start to get really interesting: records without fillers are rare at any age... The band in question is NYC's Dolly Spartans; their self titled debut fluctuates between pop punk exuberance ('We'll say that for now,' streaming below, and ' 'Don't You Know') and more tamed melodic moments reminiscent of a dirtier Vampire Weekend ('Who Are You,') or even of sacred monsters like The Beatles and their beloved disciples XTC ('Something on my Mind'). The band's sound features the right amount of rawness (think early Pixies), which gets tamed at least in part by songwriter and lead singer's Michael Eliran tenor, that sounds way more mature than his years. The range of the six tracks, the actual songwriting, and the maturity of the arrangements is truly impressive for such a young band, and make this is one of the most consistently fun NYC made record we heard in a while. Hopefully these guys' sound won't get too polished too soon!

 
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Indie Releases Round-UP: Right On Dynamite, Noxious Foxes, My Pet Dragon, Ultraviolet Astronomy.

Indie Releases Round-UP: Right On Dynamite, Noxious Foxes, My Pet Dragon, Ultraviolet Astronomy.

Grab your beach gear, cover yourself in sun block, and sport your best noise-canceling headphones: it’s the first week of August, and the city that never sleeps is set to drop yet another batch of releases.



Scene semi-veterans and Brooklyn natives Right on Dynamite play a rather aggressive brand of garage rock with surf tinges, and are (finally) about to release their debut album "In Vino Veritas", out September 13th. The bands’ up- beat lyrics, and simple, yet memorable compositions combine for a sound similar to The Strokes, Rooney, and Phoenix…all in one. These self-branded surf rock/indie dudes will stage their repertoire at The Music Hall of Williamsburg opening for White Rabbits, on August 3rd - the show is sold out though...


Instrumentalists or, more appropriately, math experimentalists, Noxious Foxes    this week will release their third album entitled "Legs". Unexpected, quirky, and avant-garde are only a few adjectives to describe this musical duo's compositions. Edgy, uber-mathy beats and inventive guitar parts combine for a unique, dark, tense sound. We definitely recommend you to venture into Spike Hill’s dimly lit walls for this duets’ performance on the 27th.



If punchy rock isn’t quite your scene, then you might be interested in the music of minimalistic male-female duo Ultraviolet Astronomy (pictured above). Their Eighties-inspired shy-pop is injected with plenty of synthesized beats and sounds, and it's at once progressive and extremely melodic. Expect the group’s sophomore EP   "MVMNT" out on August 2nd.



“Gimme That Sound Productions” anticipates the release of My Pet Dragon’s sophomore LP, "Mountains and Cities", August 2nd. Catchy vocals, melodic guitar riffs, and steady drumbeats meld into a breezy indie/pop-rock album. Songs like "Majestic Lovers" and "Flow" entrance listeners with dance-inducing rhythms, and herald the ideal soundtrack for that cross-country, convertible drive under Augusts’ everlasting sunshine. Don't own a car? Don’t worry, you can take a train to this NYC-based bands’ upcoming gig at The Mercury Lounge on August 5th. - Madi Silvers
 

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